Thursday, February 14, 2013

Daily e-mail Feb 14th 2013


Good Morning 

NO TELECON TODAY - As we are starting to wind down we have decided that we no longer need daily telecons but instead will switch to weekly telecons. Unless there is any argument against this time, the weekly telecons will be on Thursdays at 10am PST starting next Thursday. 

Early this morning the magnetosphere and solar wind proved they didn't need a solar storm to cause some geomagnetic activity. We finally had a period of sustained southward Bz and thus we got a storm. It was a small storm, but then again the SW never reached much more than 400 km/s, B_tot stayed below 15 nT, and the density was for the most part below 10 cm^-3. Even B_z was often above -5 nT. Kp reached a high of 4 and the Dst dipped to -47 nT making this the second largest storm during the BARREL 2013 campaign. All without the help of a coronal hole or CME. I think this was the magnetosphere and SW's valentine to us. 

Payloads up:
SANAE IV: 1T
Halley 6: 1I,



Payloads coming down:
1A was cut down on Feb. 14 at 0232 UT. 

Conjunctions: 
Feb 9 2013
Sat. A 0430 UT - 1100 UT
Sat. B 0730 UT - 1350 UT

Feb 8 2013
Sat. A 0200 UT - 0800 UT 
Sat. B 0600 UT - 1100 UT

Feb 5 2013
Sat. A 0130 UT - 0845 UT 
Sat. B 0355 UT - 1130 UT

Feb 4 2013
Sat. B 0045 UT - 0810 UT 

Feb 3-4 2013
Sat. A 2220 UT on February 3rd to 0545 on February 4th

Feb 3 2013
Sat. A 0420 UT - 1200 UT
Sat. B 0640 UT - 1420 UT

Jan 30 2013-partially cancelled
Sat. A 0140 UT - 0555 UT
Sat. B 0335 UT - 1050 UT

Jan 29 2013
Sat. A 0735 UT - 1515 UT
Sat. B 0025 UT - 0740 UT
Sat. B 0915 UT - 1650 UT
 
Jan 28-29 2013
Sat. A 2250 UT Jan 28 - 0605 UT Jan 29
 
Jan 28 2013
Sat. A 0450 UT - 1210 UT
Sat. B 0625 UT - 1345 UT
 
Jan 27 2013
Sat. A 0220 UT - 0910 UT
Sat. A 1114 UT - 1815 UT
Sat. B 0330 UT - 1020 UT
Sat. B 1215 UT - 1940 UT


Halley Bay :
Hasn't updated yet. 

GOES Electron Flux:
Have continued to be at normal to moderate levels and are expected to be the same for the next three days.
 
GOES Proton Flux:
Has stayed at background levels for the lat 24 hours and is expected to be the same over the next three days
 
Space Weather from Spaceweather.com and SWPC.noaa.gov
 
Solar wind speed is 397.8 km/s 
Solar proton density 2.0 cm^(-3) 
 
26 sunspots are now visible. NOAA has the likelihood of a M class flare at 5% and a 1% chance of an X class flare. 
 
Kp is quiet kp = 3 with a 24 max of kp = 4
Bz = 2.3 nT south
Btotal = 3.5 nT 
 
There are currently no large coronal holes. 

From Kyoto:
AE: Lots of activity! AE has yet to reach 1000 nT, but it has come pretty close. 
 
Dst: A Storm! Dst reached a min of -47 nT
 
Have a great day,